Microgreens are 'baby plants', grown to only 1–3 inches tall when harvested. This can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the type of seed. You can have a year-round growing of microgreens; they can be grown in a garden, balcony or on a kitchen counter or covered patio table (weather permitting)
Beginners often start by growing 1-2 types of seeds such as Chia, Broccoli, Mustard, Fennel, Fenugreek, Flax, carrot, Cauliflower, Radish, Amaranth, Lettuce, Basil, Rosemary, Sage, or Kale. These are among the easiest to grow varieties of microgreens if you are just getting started.
Harvest and Eat! - You can harvest your microgreens between 10- 20 days to eat them (2-4 inch tall). Use clean, sharp kitchen scissors to harvest your microgreens just above the soil line. After harvesting, your greens will keep for 7-10 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Microgreens can be eaten raw, added to salads, drinks, smoothies, juices, soups, flour or any other stir fry.
Once you harvest the microgreens, compost the soil and roots as they will not regrow. To make a new batch, wash the jar, use clean seedling mix, seeds, and start again.
1. What kind of container can I use?
You can reuse a plastic tray, plastic take-out containers, any plastic container or a glass container (any mid-sized, shallow container)
2. What are various ways of growing?
3. What seeds can I use?
Chia, Broccoli, Mustard, Fenugreek, Flax, Cauliflower, Kale, Radish, Lettuce
4. How often should I water them?
Spray water once a day to keep the soil moist not soggy. Watch them grow and change color
5. Where can I keep the container?
It is good to place the container in a warm, dark place to incubate the seeds while they germinate. Post they germinate move the container into a space that has light (covered balcony is perfect for this, windowsill, backyard, Kitchen counter top or your study table near the window) Bottom line once germinated, find a sunny windowsill or any other space that has goof amount of light
6. Should I cover the container
Though it is not a mandatory to cover, you may cover the container with a tissue/newspaper or a plastic lid. In early germination, microgreens seeds don’t need any light. Keep the container in a warm place (between 72-75 degrees). This maintains humidity, moisture, and consistent temperature
7. When can I harvest?
Most microgreens will be ready for harvest in 10 to 14 days. Cut the shoots with scissors in clusters just above the soil line. Rinse in cold water and eat
8. Do microgreens regrow after harvest?
No, most microgreens do not regrow however some types will regrow and can be cut several times. Afterwards the container’s contents can be added to a compost heap
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